Definition of quillwork in English:

quillwork

Syllabification: quill·work
Pronunciation: /ˈkwilˌwərk
 
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noun

  • A type of decoration for clothing and possessions characteristic of certain North American Indian peoples, using softened and dyed porcupine quills to make elaborate applied designs.
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    • It has been over 50 years since porcupine quillwork was used as the primary decorative motif on Gwich'in jackets, slippers, and gloves.
    • For example, since the porcupine quillwork was taking much too long, they decided to use a combination of quills and beads.
    • The decoration fashioned in beads, paint, and quillwork served to summarize the common values of the wearers - generosity, honor, and bravery.

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